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MBO at Park Cakes provides exit for Vision Capital Subscription

22 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Own-label cake manufacturer Park Cakes has been sold by private equity owner Vision Capital to the business’ management team for an undisclosed amount.

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City snapshot: CapVest set to swoop for pork group Karro Subscription

17 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Private equity house CapVest is understood to be close to sealing a deal to buyout UK pork processor Karro Food Group from Endless private equity house and management.

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Karro Food Group set for £180m sale following turnaround Subscription

17 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Pork processor Karro Food Group is set to be snapped up by new private equity owners in a deal worth about £180m after a turnaround by backers Endless.

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Yorkshire Game snapped up ahead of retail push Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Game and venison supplier Yorkshire Game has been acquired by former Symington’s CEO David Salkeld meat industry veteran Adrian Lyons in a bid to get more wild products in the supermarket meat aisles

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Fresca and Cartama form joint venture for avocado supply Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Kevin White

The jv formalises an eight-year trading relationship between the two companies

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City snapshot: Unilever CEO calls for shake-up of UK takeover rules Subscription

15 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Unilever boss Paul Polman has called on the Government to tighten up UK takeover rules after the Anglo-Dutch Marmite producer successfully saw off a £115bn bid approach from Kraft Heinz last month. Plus retail shares suffer and all the rest of the latest news from the City

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Applegreen hits 75 UK sites with Birmingham acquisition Subscription

08 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The Irish forecourt operator’s acquisition was overseen by business property adviser Christie & Co…

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VIP e-cig maker Must Have Limited put up for sale Subscription

07 Mar 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Electronic vaping and e-cig company Must Have Limited, trading as VIP, has been put up for sale by administrators after failing to settle a multimillion-pound tax bill.

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Barking Heads owner Pet Food UK secures £5m backing from PE firm Piper Subscription

07 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Barking Heads and Meowing Heads owner is the latest business in the fast-growing premium petcare sector to receive a private equity cash injection as Piper takes a minority stake.

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Seabrook Crisps appoints Houlihan Lokey to explore overseas acquisitions Subscription

06 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Seabrook Crisps has appointed corporate advisors to explore strategic options, including overseas acquisitions, The Grocer can reveal.

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Grenade snapped up by Lion Capital in £72m deal Subscription

06 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sports nutrition business Grenade has been acquired by private equity firm Lion Capital in a deal worth £72m.

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Post leading race for Weetabix, as former bidders end interest Subscription

03 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The Grocer understands bid interest from other previously active suitors has ended…

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Total Produce notches up 9% revenue hike in strong 2016 Subscription

02 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Supplier reports “very strong performance” in its full-year results

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Adelie looks to rebuild under new owners ICG Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Adelie Foods has new owners, after a torrid first 18 months of trading saw private equity firm HIG Capital exit the group.

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Euro Garages picks up final four High Noon Stores forecourts Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Euro Garages intends to re-open the sites within the next few weeks after refurbishment

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Glanbia sells off Irish dairy division for £95m to form jv with farmers co-op Subscription

22 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Glanbia has agreed to sell off a controlling stake in its Irish diary business to the Glanbia Co-operative Society for €112m (£94.8m).

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Kraft Heinz withdraws 'mega merger' bid for Unilever Subscription

19 Feb 2017

The two companies have issued a statement saying Kraft Heinz has ‘amicably’ withdrawn the bid

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Kraft Heinz makes £115bn mega-merger proposal to Unilever

17 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Kraft Heinz has announced it has made a “comprehensive” proposal to Unilever to combine the two groups, which the UK-listed firm has firmly rejected

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Hain Daniels announces deal to buy Yorkshire Provender soup Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The purchase is likely to face close scrutiny by the CMA given Hain’s ownership of New Covent Garden Soup Co

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Heineken bid for Punch Tavern pubs faces CMA investigation Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The CMA is looking into whether the £403m deal would reduce competition and choice for customers

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Heineken continues acquisition hunt with £563m Kirin deal in Brazil Subscription

15 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Heineken has acquired the Brazilian operation of Japanese brewer Kirin for €664m (£563.4m) as it battles to keep up with AB InBev in the wake of the AB InBev mega-merger with SAB Miller

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The Co-op puts Bank up for sale Subscription

13 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Flatlining interest rates and high transformation costs put a spoke in bank’s plans for organic growth

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Tesco-Booker deal scrutiny by CMA ranges from 246-400 stores Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The successful completion of Tesco’s merger with wholesale giant Booker hinges on around 400 stores

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Fyffes takeover deal gets go-ahead from the EC Subscription

09 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

Fyffes said the EC had determined it would “not oppose the acquisition”

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Food packaging firm Excelsior Technologies acquired by Mondi in £33m deal Subscription

06 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Food packaging producer Excelsior Technologies has been snapped up for £33m by global firm Mondi Group.

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'Sprexit' is not enough to satiate demanding Unilever investors Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Reports that Unilever is preparing to sell off its spreads business make sense as the group looks to return cash to shareholders, but ‘Sprexit’ alone won’t be enough to satisfy its increasingly demanding investors.

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Why some brands might benefit from 'foster care'

23 Mar 2017

Mergers and acquisitions pose the question of how to maximise the value and growth potential of a portfolio of brands

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Polman must act. And fast. Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Adam Leyland

That was awkward. The barbarians are at the gate. Two days later they’ve sloped home

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Will Warren Buffett and his Kraft-Heinz mob be back? Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

The £115bn bid for Unilever has been called off, but it’s sent shockwaves through the fmcg sector

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Kraft Heinz wash-up will put ‘Persil Paul’ and Unilever growth in the spotlight Subscription

20 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

With the announcement that the offer is off the table from the Americans, we ask where does all this manouvering leave Unilever and Kraft Heinz?

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Unilever board speaks for many with rejection of Kraft Heinz overtures Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Unilever’s strongly worded rejection of Kraft Heinz’s £115bn approach today did not sound like the words of a board about to roll over and accept a slightly higher offer.

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Kraft Heinz moves on Unilever: a sign of desperate times for big food? Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

What happens now? How likely is Kraft Heinz to up its bid price? And will CEO Paul Polman allow the company to slip from his control? 

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Kraft Heinz makes play for Unilever: analyst reactions Subscription

17 Feb 2017

Leading City analysts react to Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever

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Three big opportunities for suppliers from the Tesco-Booker merger - video Video

14 Feb 2017 | By David Sables

David Sables of Sentinel Management Consultants explains how suppliers should best approach negotiations with Tesco and Booker

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Catering, not indie retail, is the key to Tesco-Booker merger

02 Feb 2017 | By Charles Hall

It is great to hear that everyone will benefit from the Tesco ‘merger’ with Booker - but it’s also somewhat disingenuous

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Tesco-Booker merger: all you need to know Subscription

02 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

What is the rationale, and who will the winners and losers be? What’s the view of the City?

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Tesco-Booker doesn't click

02 Feb 2017 | By Clive Black

The proposed merger of Booker and Tesco is very big news for the smaller store end of British grocery retail



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